With Miami, Cleveland is the hottest team in the Eastern Conference right now. The Cavs confirmed this last night by offering the defending champion an eighth win in their last nine games and thus continue their wonderful season. It was also the second consecutive time the Ohio franchise had won more than 15 points against the Bucks. But for the first time, it was the opponent of team C…
However, they first had to let go of a small storm from Milwaukee. The Bucks started the game strong with a 6/7 behind the 3-point line (3/25 after…), allowing them to take the lead at the end of the first quarter (26-35). A brief dominance as the Cavs perform behind the arc.
So the locals scored 39 points in the second quarter to regain the lead at the break (65-57). They maintained this good momentum at heart in the much stronger defense of the second half. The Bucks struggling to score in the game, like their leader Giannis Antetokounmpo, came alive immediately on their return from the locker room, after a big recovery from the Cavs.
Cleveland thus offered a significant gap, oscillating between 15 and 20 units, which continued until the end of the third quarter (95-77), and until the end of the meeting.
WHAT YOU SHOULD REMEMBER
– The Anti-Giannis Plan. The Cavs made a strong impression by limiting the Bucks to just 42 points in the second half. They achieved this through the constant harassment of Giannis Antetokounmpo who had several good time attacks on two men and a racket that gripped each entry. Lamar Stevens, for example, signaled his help with a huge physical impact on the Greek. Ditto for Evan Mobley who twice countered Jrue Holiday in the circle.
– Great 3-point performance. The visitors started off a good step, they finally ended up with ten prize -winning baskets below their opponents, authors of their second best performance of the year in this area. Love – Osman pair makes a difference in this sector.
– All Cavs are positive! Very unique statistics sheet for its “+/-” column: absolutely all Cleveland players have a positive effect on the score when they play. On the contrary, all of Mike Budenholzer’s training shows the opposite trend!
✅ Kevin Love and Cedi Osman. Their combined offensive rash killed the Bucks. Both substitutes brought in 48 points, leading due to a strong long-distance address (11/23). The interior thus confirms its current form as the Turk recalls that he can also do heat strokes.
✅ Darius Garland. Game full of control for the team’s potential All-Star. He shines with his intelligence in the game, repeatedly seeing his inner Evan Mobley thrown into orbit to authoritatively dunk Giannis Antetokounmpo’s baseline. Distracted on his back in the second half, he was able to rest for the last nine minutes of the game where Rajon Rondo repeated for the team.
✅ Giannis Antetokounmpo. The stats sheet is still full but the Greek suffered badly against the Cavs ’compact defense. In addition to a 3-point “airball” or a missed dunk, the double MVP typically loses seven balls on the road. He, who did not play the previous game due to knee pain, was limited to 29 minutes of play.
⁇ Holiday in Jrue. While the Antetokounmpo – Portis – Middleton trio secured the mark, with at least 20 points each, the Bucks leader did not meet his encounter. In addition to not much hindering Darius Garland on defense, he didn’t finish near the circle where Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen were waiting for him.
THE CAVS OF THE EASTERN PODIUM!
” This isn’t the Cleveland team we’ve known in years. They have a great team and we need to respect them more. They are a playoff team and they themselves are fighting for the title. »
Giannis Antetokounmpo is not very good at thinking. With this reference win, the Cavs recently passed the Bucks as well as the Nets to point to an unimaginable (at the start of the season) third place in the East. And their upcoming calendar should allow them to confirm (Pistons, Pelicans, Rockets, Hornets, Pacers, Spurs…).
Cavaliers (30-19) : trip to Detroit, Sunday.
Bucks (30-20) : receiving the Knicks, Friday.